“Beware the Ides of March, as it appears to be the day that the Governor indicates that he is not a team player… “
— Jon Fleischman, Flash Report, 3/15/2007
Et Tu Fleischman?!
I love when Republicans eat their own.Ã‚Â Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport column on the Governor’s approval of moving up the date of the California Presidential Primary is here.Ã‚Â The column’s bigÃ‚Â complaint is that the Governor signed the legislation without a single Republican vote in favor of the proposal.Ã‚Â I think its fair to say the Honeymoon with Arnold is over.
And then there is this flicker from Fleischman:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
“Instead, the Speaker is doing exactly what I would do if I were him — ignoring his Republican counterparts, and putting legislation on the Governor’s desk that represented no compromise at all.”
So if the shoe was on the other foot and Republicans had the majority in the senate and assembly, Jon would have no problem moving forward on a piece of legislation he favors without opposition party support.Ã‚Â So Jon is being critical of something he’d do himself?
In other words: It’s OK for Republicans to do this, but not Democrats.
By moving up the Primary so voters have an actual say in who the nominee is for both parties, California becomes less of an ATM for the presumptive nominees later.Ã‚Â This weakens the amount of money the Republican candidate would have received in June.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â (And the same for the Democratic Candidate too!).Ã‚Â By June, we’lll have a good idea of who the candidates for both parties are, but California would already have given at the office.
When these guys whine about the cost of the special election, remember that they already pushed forward two special elections — the recall election of 2003 and the Governor’s $55 million special election in Fall 2005. So this moved up primary election shouldn’t bother a party so willing to spend state dollars to enanct political change outside of the regularly scheduled election cycle, should it?